Posted on May 31 2018
5 Fitness Myths & Misconceptions To Look Out For
By Han at Wellness & Wander
Does all the contradictory advice confuse you when it comes to health and fitness? You aren’t alone.
It can be difficult to know what to believe on the internet when it comes down to what is right and wrong. Exercise isn’t a complicated or difficult thing – most of us can do it. Below are some common fitness myths you could be falling for:
The More You Sweat, The More Fat You’ve Burnt
The saying ‘sweat is fat crying’ is completely untrue. Sweating is the body’s way of regulating temperature, it doesn’t aid fat loss. Some people naturally sweat more than others so it isn’t necessarily something that can be controlled and it isn’t an indicator of how much you have worked. The most important thing you ‘lose’ from sweating is fluid – so make sure you hydrate yourself well after exercise.
You Can Spot-reduce Fat
I have seen plenty of social media posts claiming to be the workout of dreams to “get rid of back fat” or “banish a muffin top.” These just aren’t true. If you have a problem area, you need to be losing fat all-over your body and weight lifting to strengthen muscles. However diet is also important. You could be working out consistently but if you are eating takeaways every night you won’t be seeing results as quickly as you would if you eat a healthy, balanced diet.
If You Aren’t Sore Everywhere You Didn’t Work Hard Enough
We all read on social media about delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS,) but what if you don’t experience them? It certainly doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard or are not going to get results.
Soreness is caused from muscle fibers being torn during a workout session, and from this inflammation happens as a result which is why we feel sore. However, it is possible not to experience this soreness, so don’t panic!
You Should Work Out Every Day
Recovery is so important and should be treated with the same importance as working out itself. If you don’t rest, your body will not recover and grow, and you are more likely to get ill. Over-exercising can cause a weight loss plateau, exhaustion, trouble sleeping, mood swings and ultimately a burnout! Take care of yourself and listen to your body.
Sit-ups Will Get You Abs
If you have a layer of fat covering your middle, your abs will have little chance of making an appearance and that is completely normal. Sit-ups are a great exercise to strengthen your core and endurance, however don’t expect a six pack to appear if you still need to lose body fat. For most of us having a visible six pack and abs is not a sustainable thing – and that is completely ok! Don’t feel pressured by what you see on social media or fall for flat tummy teas.
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